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Obama Plans To Spend Another $150M On Gitmo

From Michael Isikoff at NBC News:

Pentagon ponders Gitmo overhaul amid growing detainee unrest

By Michael Isikoff | March 20, 2013

The Pentagon is considering plans for a $150 million overhaul of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — including building a new dining hall, hospital and barracks for the guards — as part of an ambitious project recommended by the top general in charge of its operations, officials tell NBC News.

The proposed spending spree comes amid mounting signs of unrest among Guantanamo detainees that lawyers say is threatening their lives. U.S. military officials confirmed Wednesday that the number of hunger strikers at Guantanamo has more than tripled in the last two weeks — from 7 to 25 — and that eight of them are being force fed through tubes. Defense lawyers said in a letter to Congress this week they have gotten reports that “over two dozen men have lost consciousness.”

You would think a hunger strike would save money.

U.S. military officials denied any lives were in danger but acknowledged that resistance and frustration among the detainees is growing, a development that a senior general said is because they are “devastated” that President Barack Obama’s pledge to shut down the facility has not been fulfilled.

“They had great optimism that Guantanamo would be closed,” said Gen. John Kelly, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command, when asked about the hunger strikes during testimony before the House Armed Services Committee. “They were devastated, apparently… when the president backed off — at least their perception — of closing the facility

That is hilarious. Hopefully, they will learn to never trust any Democrat politicians ever again.

“Gitmo seems to be the one place they don’t care about spending money,” said David Remes, a defense lawyer who represents detainees, noting that the plans for the overhaul are moving forward even as the sequester is forcing costs and layoffs throughout the government.

“They will spare no expense to keep these men there rather than bring them to the United States.”

Would these terrorists really be that much happier in a prison in cold and sunless Illinois?

Guantanamo is already considered the country’s most expensive prison per capita by far, with an operating budget this year of nearly $177 million, which means that taxpayers are paying more than $1 million for the care and maintenance of the 166 detainees…

Then let’s quickly try them and execute them, to save money.

But Lt. Cmdr. Ron Flanders, a spokesman for the Southern Command, told NBC News that Kelly has recommended substantial new spending that includes nearly $100 million slotted to build new barracks for the 848 guards stationed at the facility. The current guard barracks are plagued by mold, he said.

Because once you have mold all you can do is burn the building to the ground and build a new one.

In addition, Flanders said, Kelly has signed off on construction projects that include:

– a new $12 million dining hall for the troops;

– a new $11.2 million hospital and medical units for the detainees;

– a $9.9 million “legal meeting complex” where lawyers can meet their detainee clients;

– a $10.8 million “communications network facility” to store data, including computer records and tapes of interrogations, which has been required by a federal court order.

All these projects have been signed off by Kelly in the last few months and been forwarded to the Pentagon, where they are being reviewed by budget officials in Secretary Chuck Hagel’s office, Flanders said.

At the same time, Flanders said, the operations budget for Guantanamo has already increased substantially this year with the construction of a $40 million fiber optic cable being built from south Florida to the facility in Cuba. The cable is needed to improve Internet access, thereby allowing officials to have improved live video feeds of the military commission proceedings of the Sept. 11 hijackers…

Obama is clearly just telling them to go crazy up and run up the bill as high as they can. To punish Congress for making him keep Gitmo open.

After all, we know Obama wants to give these terrorists civilian trials. And in order to facilitate that, he wants to move the detainees to the US. But Congress won’t let him do that. So this is his way of getting even.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 21st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama Plans To Spend Another $150M On Gitmo”

  1. bousquem25 says:

    Too bad they just can’t all the gitmo terrorists and put them in one place in say afganistan and have target practice with drones. Call it a study in how many drones and missles can be fired in a short period and confined airspace.

  2. canary says:

    Gitmo Prisoners aren’t on a food strike. They are fasting. It’s Arabic Spring and a crescent Moon
    month this March.

    Each year, Muslims around the world come together to fast the month of Ramadan. From dawn until dusk food, drink and intimate relations are forbidden to the one who fasts.

    Why does Ramadan happen at different times every year?

    Because each month in the Islamic lunar calendar begins with the sighting of a new crescent moon

    If they want to do extra fasting to please their allah, let them starve to death if it’s their desire.

    • canary says:

      The Washington Post: Inhofe’s claim that ‘obesity’ is the biggest problem at Guantanamo Bay

      By Glenn Kessler – 5/17/2011

      “Let’s keep in mind: These detainees, they’ve had things they’ve never had before. Do you know what the biggest problem in Gitmo is right now? It’s obesity. They’re eating better than they’ve ever eaten before and they have better medical care, they have better — they have legal counsel. I mean, you know, you’ve got to draw the line somewhere. Let’s draw it here.”
      — Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), May 13, 2011

      The Facts

      The Associated Press, for instance, reported that detainees have gained an average of 20 pounds, and most are now “normal to mildly overweight or mildly obese.”

      In 2006, one inmate was reported to have doubled in weight, to 410 pounds.

      Last year, a Miami Herald reporter spotted a sign warning “Only 1 ice cream for each detainee” on a refrigerator in Camp 6,…

      Young asserted that Inhofe “has been to Gitmo on a number of occasions (dating all the way back to shortly after the camp opened).

      Asked if obesity was a problem at Guantanamo, Navy Cmdr. Tamsen Reese, a prison camps spokeswoman, replied:

      “As with most populations, there are individuals who are obese. Same holds true for some detainees at Guantanamo. Medical staff counsel and advise detainees on making healthy meal choices as well as the benefits of exercise, but each detainee ultimately determines what, and how much, they will consume.”

      “During a visit to GITMO, Senator Inhofe was briefed by Rear Adm. David Thomas (commander, Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba) on 2 Feb 2009 that one of the issues they were facing was the number of detainees unhealthily gaining weight….”

      Young added that Inhofe’s office also received a document dated March 23, 2009, that states: “Detainee meals meet their cultural and dietary needs and cost approximately $3 million per year.

      Each detainee receives 6,500-6,800 calories per day and have six menus to choose from.

      Feast meals are served two times per week.”

      (more and video)

      Michelle Obama needs to visit Gitmo Bay and teach prisoners how to grow a garden.

      1. It would be good exercise for the prisoners.

      2. After prisoners are released they can go home and show their parents how to grow a garden.

      3. It would save costs.

      4. Any left over fruits of their labor could be given to local starving Cuban community shelters.

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